Monday, April 30, 2012

Time to clean up ACC?

Having commenced legal agtion for defamation against Trevor Mallard, Andrew Little and Radio New Zealand, it seems that ACC Minister Judith Collins has a new challenge today; sorting out ACC. Phil Kitchin reports in the Dom-Post:

A recording of a critical meeting between senior ACC managers and the whistleblower who exposed a massive privacy breach reveals the corporation misled its minister and the public.
The corporation has alleged that client Bronwyn Pullar threatened at the meeting to go to the media unless she was given a guaranteed two-year benefit.
It also alleged she said that she would withhold details of the breach involving private details of 6500 other clients – including sexual abuse victims – if her demands were not met.
Once details of the privacy breach were revealed by The Dominion Post, the ACC referred its extortion allegations against Ms Pullar to police.
However, a recording of a key meeting in December between Ms Pullar, her support person Michelle Boag – a senior National Party figure – and two ACC managers is at odds with the corporation's claims that were included in a report ordered by ACC Minister Judith Collins.
The ACC was given a transcript of the meeting more than three weeks ago, but has refused to correct its report.
Ms Pullar said it was outrageous that, having been provided with the recording, the corporation was refusing to correct a "blatant lie" on a public report.
Before publishing the report, the corporation did not ask Ms Pullar or former National Party president Ms Boag for their account of what was said at the meeting. ACC also complained to police about the alleged extortion threat before completing its report. 

This muddies the waters further in the whole Bronwyn Pullar/Michelle Boag saga. But if the suggestions that ACC purposefully misled Judith Collins are true, it is something quite extraordinary.

We will await developments with interest, and Ms Collins is not the type to take these kinds of behaviours lying down. We suspect that there are going to be some searching and direct questions facing the ACC hierarchy today, and some frank talking from ACC's Minister.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Commenced legal action" - what has she done, exactly?

Anonymous said...

Ms Collins has known about 'these kinds of behaviours' for weeks. Why has she 'taken it lying down' for so long without acting? Corruption in ACC is the ministers responsibility. The buck stops with Collins.

Keeping Stock said...

I'm sure that Ms Collins has had knowledge of this situation Anon. That probably explains her relaxed demeanour when it was announced that the Privacy Commissioner and/or the Ausditor-General was undertaking forensic examinations of a number of computers as part of investigations into privacy links by ACC. We would suggest however that Messrs Mallard and Little might be less relaxed, given that their allegations were directly against Ms Collins.

And to Anon #1 - read this:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6819326/Collins-launches-defamation-proceedings

Good things take time, as the cheese advertisement reminds us.

Anonymous said...

Collins is 'relaxed' about the rot in ACC?
She should be dismissed from her position for failing to act. She knew that ACC's claims were untrue, but didn't act. "Relaxed" indeed.
Time to go, Judith, and take your unused car-crushing machine with you.

Keeping Stock said...

No Anon: I said that Collins displayed a relaxed demeanour when she confirmed in Parliament that computers would be forensically examined, including computers from her own office. She said she has nothing to hide, and clearly expects to be cleared by any inquiry.

And given that this story today relates to an historic event which is currently under investigation by at least two state watch-dogs, it would be totally inappropriate for her to take action whilst those investigations were in progress. Read the Dom-Post story; she was lied to by ACC; consequences will follow in the fullness of time.

Lastly, your twisting of my words is very reminiscent of the behaviour of a commenter who is banned. 'Nuff said...

Anonymous said...

You seem obsessed with a particular commenter. More so to readers than it might appear to yourself (you being too close to the action and all). 'Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

" She said she has nothing to hide, and clearly expects to be cleared by any inquiry."

John banks said he has nothing to hide, and clearly expects to be cleared by any inquiry.

Keeping Stock said...

He may well; except that this post isn't about Banks. There was a post on Saturday which sets out our concerns over Banks; we're surprised you didn't respond.

Anonymous said...

Banks is a Tory, declaring he has nothing to hide.
Collins is a Tory, declaring she has nothing to hide.
Trust them? Both of them? They're both saying the same thing.
Tories don't lie, do they?

Guy Roberton said...

"You seem obsessed with a particular commenter."

It seems a particular commenter is obsessed with you, IV2.
A stalker no less.
Most stalkers suffer from unrequited love.
Have you been ignoring someone, IV2? Someone who desperately needs your attention?

Guy Roberton said...

IV2, I apologise for my silly comment (above).